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Waingawa River at South Road

The Waingawa River at South Road site is located in the lower reaches of the Waingawa River, just south of Masterton, and is publicly accessible from South Road.

The site is monitored as a part of two separate programmes; the Recreational Water Quality Programme, which informs the public about the suitability of sites for recreational activities (see the 'Can I Swim Here' module), as well as the Rivers Environmental Monitoring programme, which is designed to measure the environmental health of rivers and streams (see the 'River Quality' module).

The safety of water for swimming is determined by measuring ‘faecal indicator bacteria’ (E. coli) which indicates the likely levels of pathogens in the water. Monitoring is conducted on a weekly basis over the summer months (December to March).

Monitoring the different variables that affect water quality is carried out monthly. This involves the assessment of water clarity, nitrogen and phosphorus concentration, dissolved oxygen, pH and the concentration of the bacteria Escherichia coli (E. coli). The Macroinvertebrate Community Index (MCI) classifies the site based on the number of and different types of macroinvertebrates living at the site and is measured annually.

Water quality and macroinvertebrate health at this site is generally good, and it is generally safe to swim here during dry weather. This is a reflection of the surrounding land cover (which is predominantly indigenous forest) and the fact that it is hard-bottomed (made up of cobbles and gravel).  However, the site can be affected by faecal contamination from run-off following heavy or prolonged rainfall. We advise people not to swim for at least two days after heavy rain.

For the latest recreational water quality information, please go to the GWRC website, or check out the latest recreational water quality reports. For more information on Greater Wellington Regional Council's environmental monitoring programmes, check out the latest water quality reports

Water Quality
Water quality data for this site

This dashboard shows information on the data collected by the regional councils for water quality indicators, analysed as state and trend.

  • State

    State shows how the median of samples from this site compares to other sites.

    This site is a Lowland Forest site. Currently showing the state of this site compared to:

  • The state is also represented by comparison to the National Objectives Framework (NOF) in the National Policy Statement for Freshwater Management 2014  for some indicators.

  • Trend

    Trend shows how the quality of water is changing over time. Depending on the sampling history duration, five and ten year timescales are available:

The state is also represented by comparison to the National Objectives Framework (NOF) in the National Policy Statement for Freshwater Management 2014  for some indicators.


Can I trust this data?

The Cawthron Institute has worked alongside regional councils to verify the processes and methods used for data collection, laboratory analysis of samples collected and the statistical analysis and interpretation of the results presented.

If all Cawthron ticks are green, then you can trust this data. However, if one or more ticks are orange, then conclusions should be treated with some caution.

For more details on each tick, see our 'Can I Trust This Data?' Factsheet.

Can I trust the data for this site?
Data Collection

All samples were collected using approved field protocols and have been analysed in accredited laboratories. Therefore the data shown here has been collected and analysed following best practice.

State

All samples were collected using approved field protocols and have been analysed in accredited laboratories.

Trend - SAMPLING FREQUENCY

Samples are collected monthly at this site. Proposed national guidelines suggest monthly sampling is required for trend analysis. Therefore, any trends shown here are based on best practice in terms of sampling frequency.

Bacteria

E. coli
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State
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State
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NOF Band
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NOF Band
Trend
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Sample history at this site

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E. coli samples for Waingawa River at South Road
n/100ml

What is this graph showing me?

This graph is displaying E. coli concentrations over the selected time period. You can adjust this period by changing the dropdowns. These records form the basis for the state and trend indicators displayed on the dashboard. This data is raw and has not had any methodology applied to it.

Find out about how State and Trend are calculated.

What do the icons mean?

The bands for E. coli are as outlined in the NOF for freshwater:

A
For at least half the time, the estimated risk is <1 in 1000 (0.1% risk). The predicted average infection risk is 1%*.
B
For at least half the time, the estimated risk is <1 in 1000 (0.1% risk). The predicted average infection risk is 2%*.
C
For at least half the time, the estimated risk is <1 in 1000 (0.1% risk). The predicted average infection risk is 3%*.
D
20-30% of the time, the estimated risk is >=50 in 1000 (>5% risk). The predicted average infection risk is >3%*.
E
For more than 30% of the time, the estimated risk is >=50 in 1000 (>5% risk). The predicted average infection risk is >7%*.
* The predicted average infection risk is the overall average infection to swimmers based on a random exposure on a random day, ignoring any possibility of not swimming during high flows or when a surveillance advisory is in place (assuming that the E. coli concentration follows a lognormal distribution). Actual risk will generally be less if a person does not swim during high flows.

Clarity

Black disc
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State
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Trend
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Sample history at this site

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Black Disc samples for Waingawa River at South Road
metres

What is this graph showing me?

This graph is displaying Black Disc readings over the selected time period. You can adjust this period by changing the dropdowns. These records form the basis for the state and trend indicators displayed on the dashboard. This data is raw and has not had any methodology applied to it.

Find out about how State and Trend are calculated.

Turbidity
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State
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Trend
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Sample history at this site

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Turbidity samples for Waingawa River at South Road
NTU

What is this graph showing me?

This graph is displaying Turbidity levels over the selected time period. You can adjust this period by changing the dropdowns. These records form the basis for the state and trend indicators displayed on the dashboard. This data is raw and has not had any methodology applied to it.

Find out about how State and Trend are calculated.

Nitrogen

Total Nitrogen
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State
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Trend
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Sample history at this site

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Total Nitrogen samples for Waingawa River at South Road
g/m3

What is this graph showing me?

This graph is displaying Total Nitrogen concentrations over the selected time period. You can adjust this period by changing the dropdowns. These records form the basis for the state and trend indicators displayed on the dashboard. This data is raw and has not had any methodology applied to it.

Find out about how State and Trend are calculated.

Total Oxidised Nitrogen
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State
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State
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NOF Band
N/A
NOF Band
Trend
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Sample history at this site

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Total Oxidised Nitrogen samples for Waingawa River at South Road
g/m3

What is this graph showing me?

This graph is displaying Total Oxidised Nitrogen concentrations over the selected time period. You can adjust this period by changing the dropdowns. These records form the basis for the state and trend indicators displayed on the dashboard. This data is raw and has not had any methodology applied to it.

Find out about how State and Trend are calculated.

What do the icons mean?

The bands for Total Oxidised Nitrogen are as outlined in the NOF for freshwater:

A
Water quality is considered suitable for the designated use. High conservation values system. Unlikely to be effects even on sensitive species.
B
Water quality is considered suitable for the designated use. Some growth effect on up to 5% of species.
C
Water quality is considered suitable for the designated use. Growth effects on up to 20% of species (mainly sensitive species such as fish). No acute effects.
National bottom line: Annual median 6.9 mg NO3-N/L. Annual 95th percentile 9.8 mg NO3-N/L (milligrams nitrate-nitrogen per litre). Note 1 mg/l = 1 g/m3
D
Water quality is not considered suitable for the designated use. Impacts on growth of multiple species, and effects starts approaching acute impact level (i.e. risk of death) for sensitive species at higher concentrations (>20 mg/L).
Ammoniacal Nitrogen
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State
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State
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NOF Band
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Trend
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Sample history at this site

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Ammoniacal Nitrogen samples for Waingawa River at South Road
g/m3

What is this graph showing me?

This graph is displaying Ammoniacal Nitrogen concentrations over the selected time period. You can adjust this period by changing the dropdowns. These records form the basis for the state and trend indicators displayed on the dashboard. This data is raw and has not had any methodology applied to it.

Find out about how State and Trend are calculated.

What do the icons mean?

The bands for Ammoniacal Nitrogen are as outlined in the NOF for freshwater:

A
Water quality is considered suitable for the designated use. 99% species protection level: No observed effect on any species tested.
B
Water quality is considered suitable for the designated use. 95% species protection level: Starts impacting occasionally on the 5% most sensitive species.
C
Water quality is considered suitable for the designated use. 80% species protection level: Starts impacting regularly on the 20% most sensitive species (reduced survival of most sensitive species).
National bottom line: Annual median 1.30 mg NH4-N/L. Annual maximum 2.20 mg NH4-N/L (milligrams ammoniacal-nitrogen per litre). Note 1 mg/l = 1 g/m3
D
Water quality is not considered suitable for the designated use. Starts approaching acute impact level (ie risk of death) for sensitive species.

Phosphorus

Dissolved Reactive Phosphorus
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State
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Trend
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Sample history at this site

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Dissolved Reactive Phosphorus samples for Waingawa River at South Road
g/m3

What is this graph showing me?

This graph is displaying Dissolved Reactive Phosphorus concentrations over the selected time period. You can adjust this period by changing the dropdowns. These records form the basis for the state and trend indicators displayed on the dashboard. This data is raw and has not had any methodology applied to it.

Find out about how State and Trend are calculated.

Total Phosphorus
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State
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Trend
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Sample history at this site

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Total Phosphorus samples for Waingawa River at South Road
g/m3

What is this graph showing me?

Can I Swim Here?
Ecology
Ecological data for this site

This dashboard shows the results from macroinvertebrate sampling at this site.  It displays three ecological indicators: macroinvertebrate community index, taxonomic richness and percent EPT. 

For sites where State is 'N/A' or Trend is 'Not Assessed', there are not enough data to calculate a State and/or Trend result.  Click on an indicator to see the available historical data.

 

  • MCI

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    State

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    Trend
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    The Macroinvertebrate Community Index uses aquatic macroinvertebrates to assess the health of streams in New Zealand.

    MCI sample history at this site

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    MCI for Waingawa River at South Road
    MCI score

    What do the icons mean?

    EXCELLENT
    MCI score of more than 119. Streams in excellent ecological condition. Indicative of excellent water quality and/or habitat conditions.
    GOOD
    MCI between 100 and 119. Streams in good ecological condition. Indicative of good water quality and/or habitat conditions.
    FAIR
    MCI between 80 and 99. Streams in fair ecological condition. Indicative of only fair water quality and/or habitat condition.
    POOR
    MCI less than 80. Streams in poor ecological condition. Indicative of poor water quality and/or poor habitat conditions.
  • Taxonomic richness

    The median of the last 5 years of data

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    Taxonomic richness is the number of different taxa present in an ecological community identified to the best possible level.

    Taxa richness history at this site

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    Taxa richness for Waingawa River at South Road
    Number of taxa
  • Percent EPT richness

    The median of the last 5 years of data

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    EPT are macroinvertebrates that are sensitive to water pollution. These are Ephemeroptera (mayfly), Plecoptera (stonefly) and Trichoptera (caddisfly).

    EPT history at this site

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    Percent EPT richness for Waingawa River at South Road
    EPT %
Can I trust this data?

The Cawthron Institute has worked alongside regional councils to verify the processes and methods used for macroinvertebrate data collection, processing of the data in the laboratory, quality control in the field and laboratory and the statistical analysis and interpretation of the results presented.

For more details on each tick, see our 'Can I Trust this Data' Factsheet.

Can I trust the data for this site?
Data Collection

Macroinvertebrates are sampled at this site as part of council's stream health monitoring programme, as recommended by proposed national guidelines.

Sampling - Frequency

Macroinvertebrate sampling is done annually or more frequently at this site as recommended by proposed national guidelines. Therefore, data shown here follow current best practice guidelines.

Sampling - Protocols

This site is a hard-bottomed site and appropriate sampling protocols have been applied.  Data shown here have been collected using current best-practice.

Sampling - Habitat

Macroinvertebrate sampling is done in riffle habitat at this site. Data shown here are therefore following best practice.

Sampling - Stand-down period

This council does not collect any macroinvertebrate samples for up to two weeks after a flood greater than three times the median flow as recommended by proposed national guidelines. Therefore, data collected at this site is following best practice.

Processing - Protocol

Samples at this site have been processed following sampling potocols P2 or P3 and data have been processed following best practice.

Quality Control - Field

Field data collected at this site had no quality control applied to it.

Quality Control - Lab

Data processed at this site has had one of the three Laboratory Quality Control Protocols (i.e., QC1, QC2,Q C3) applied. Data shown here is more robust than data with no laboratory QC applied.